Teaching Kids About Work, Pt. 3
Going along with the first two principles I came across this scripture:
"But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God." - Jacob 2:18
Giving their money will come naturally to our children if they have learned to "seek first the kingdom of God." They will not hoard what they receive, such as King Noah who "placed his heart upon his riches, and...spent his time in riotous living...[who] built many elegant and spacious buildings...and he also built himself a spacious palace, and a throne in the midst thereof...(Mosiah 11:8-14)."
With that said, I believe the best way to teach our children to give their money is by serving with them while they are young. There are many ideas out there, but most importantly is involving our children in the service we normally render, such as taking meals to those in need or weeding our neighbor's yard.
I knew early on I wanted my children to gain compassion towards those who are mentally handicapped. Fortunately, there is a couple in our home who run a nursing home for such individuals because they themselves have a daughter who is mentally impaired. For the past couple of years we've gone over to their home to play Bingo with the residents every so often. This has been a great experience for all involved.
Think of a characteristic you'd like to see in your child(ren) and then find a way to meet that need through service.
Find a passion. What is a cause you feel passionate about? Find someplace in your community that welcomes your service. There are so many opportunities.
"For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, adn for all the riches whihc we have of every kind?" Mosiah 4:19